Cellphone video key in showing the world the terror of the Batman shooting in Colorado

Cellphone video key in showing the world the terror of the Batman shooting in Colorado
Once again, it is a cellphone video that brings the terror, chaos and fear of a horrifying event right into living rooms around the world. We all awoke to the terrible news about the gunman who killed 12 and shot 71 people at the premiere showing of the latest Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado. In the days before cellphones made capturing these events possible, we would have had to rely on re-creations or our imaginations. Not that the images of events like the movie theater massacre are filmed clearly, but the out of focus images and constant movement bring the horror and chaos of the scene to us in a way that can't be duplicated by the spoken word.

The use of mobile social networking in relation to this tragedy also came up when some in the theater tweeted to friends about seeing the third installment of the Batman trilogy. One tweet read, "Going to see the final batman tonight! So EXCITED!!!". The most poignant mobile tweet came from Jessica Ghawi,an aspiring sportscaster who used her on-air name, Jessica Redfield, as her Twitter address. "Of course we're seeing Dark Knight ... people should never argue with me," the 24 year old wrote. In another tweet, she playfully made fun of a friend who didn't go to the movie, saying that it was starting in 20 minutes. Less than an hour later, Ghawi was dead, a victim of the senseless attack.

source: Twitter, CNN

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50 Comments

1. Audelio13

Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

The girl who wrote that tweet was from my hometown, San Antonio. Sad to see taht something like this had to go down, the shooter should be brought to justice at the fullest extent. I sincerely hope that an even like this doesn't become some sick trend through the world now.

22. KParks23

Posts: 722; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I could of went without phone arena posting this poor girls twitter post.. Come on guys!

2. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

the video is crappy, keep shaking, can't see anything.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

36. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I got dizzy after watching this vdo :(

38. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Dude it was taken during the heat of the moment, with panic and lives being taken. What the hell do u expect man? C'mon!!!

41. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

On one hand I agree with you, but on the second hand, when people are really shocked, scared, feel panic, do they start filming???

4. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I don't think that you guys should have the Twitter thing of one of the victims until their names are publicly released by the police/investigators.

5. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

i heard about this on my way to work this morning, some people are just sick

6. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

It really is a 'Dark Night'

13. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

Grow up. Making jokes about a travesty only makes you look like a douche.

29. rasinhussy

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 28, 2008

Using humor can be a way for some people to cope with a tragic or horrific event.

32. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Or come across as being insensitive.

33. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

You need to grow up and learn the difference between "travesty" and "tragedy". This even is not a travesty (a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something) but is a tragedy (an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe).

34. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

It is both a tragedy in the traditional sense and a travesty against so many innocent bystanders who lives have been ended unexpectedly.

45. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

i know you didnt write that for me but anyways thanks for that!

44. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

FYI..i wasnt making a joke i was devastated n lost of words make me wrote that and in fact it really is a dark night for many other, 'dark' as in 'dark ages' where people suffers so please dont jump into conclusion,if i was making a joke i would use smiley or something or maybe your jokes look something like that!

7. SugarShockFrantic

Posts: 73; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

this is sad couldnt even watch the full video/ i just saw batman today it wasnt that good but there was no need for murder

8. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

Everyone should go to a movie this weekend. I think that's the best way to honor the victims and their friends and family; by doing what those people loved to do.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17296; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's a shame the cops didn't kill the subhuman bastard slowly and painfully. It's a shame we can't sentence him to death by colon cancer.

10. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Honestly I would prefer they broke his limbs and let him suffer like that.

11. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Truely awful news. Condolences to victims families and loved ones

12. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

People, please don't make jokes about this. This is truly a tragic event. Have some maturity or just don't say anything at all. This can happen anywhere at any time to anyone. Let this be a reminder of how unbearably cruel and twisted the world can be.

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree.

37. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

Seriously, who the hell is thumbing down these comments? The people are taking it seiously and not acting so childish! Geez. No reason to thumb it down.

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The question, which I think is on everyone's minds, is "why?" why commit such a horrific act?

16. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Asking "why" would be assuming that there is some sort of reasoning or logic behind this. These kinds of acts are usually more about the mental state of mind of the individual involved than his/her reasoning behind it. No explanation, no easy answer.

18. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

There is, he's insane

30. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Who is thumbs downing all these comments? Uncalled for.

31. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

I think he was inspired by the joker in the movie, The Dark Knight. I was watching this movie last night on my computer and I heard this dialogue in this movie, "Some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just wanna watch the world burn."

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